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Linemen compete in Kansas

The team of journeyman linemen — Jeromy Adamson, Craig Randall and Terry Randall — placed 22nd out of 204 teams in the “Best of the Best” category of the International Lineman’s Rodeo held Oct. 18 in Kansas.

Adamson and the Randalls are cousins. All three work for PGE and live in Estacada.

Charlton Palmateer and Dustin Miller, also of Estacada, placed 108th on another PGE team.

Don’t forget to vote!

The races for the Estacada mayor and three city councilor seats may be uncontested, but there are still plenty of matters of local, regional and statewide interest on the ballot.

Estacada voters will decide the question of a proposed 3-cent per gallon May-September seasonal gas tax that would bring an estimated $35,000 to $55,000 into the city’s street fund annually.

Voters also will be asked to consider a $0.0533 per $1,000 increase in the Estacada Cemetery Maintenance District levy in an effort fund equipment replacement and operating expenses. The increase is expected to raise $40,000 a year for five years.

The ballot also includes a bond measure for Clackamas Community College, a statewide measure for the legalization of recreational marijuana use, and House, Senate and gubernatorial representation.

There are two local Estacada drop box sites: A drop box outside City Hall, 475 S.E. Main St., and another inside the Estacada Public Library, 825 N.W. Wade St.

Ballots must be turned in by 8 p.m. Nov. 4.

PAGE to hold auditions Nov. 1-2

The Performing Arts Group of Estacada (PAGE) is holding auditions for a production of “Cheaper By The Dozen” at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Nov. 1 and 2 in the Flora Room of the Estacada Public Library. Anyone interested in auditioning for a role or being on the crew should show up on either day.

PAGE is looking to cast 2-3 men, 3-4 women, three male teens, three female teens, a male and a female preteen, three boys under 10-years-old and one girl under age 10. All kids cast must be able to read.

Stagehands, a prop master, set designers and decorators, costumers, hair and makeup helpers, light and sound technicians and a food wrangler for the cast and crew are also needed.

The show will be performed March 12-15 at the Estacada Junior High Auditorium.

For more information contact Director Julie Hamer at 503-630-3934 or at julie7@cascadeaccess.com.

Conversation Project returns Oct. 30

Richard Etulain will lead a conversation on “A State of Change: Oregon’s Evolving Identities” 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at the Estacada Public Library.

Etulain, a history author, Northwest native and professor emeritus of history of the University of New Mexico, will delve into Oregon’s many identities from “a laboratory of democracy” to “a land of logging.”

The free discussion is part of the Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project, intended to bring Oregonians together for public discussions of provocative subjects.

The event is hosted by the Estacada Area Arts Commission.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on the Oct. 30 conversation, contact Peter Hamer at 503-630-3934 or send him an email at phamer@cascadeaccess.com.

Chamber seeks tourism grant proposals

Do you have an idea that could bring more tourists to the Estacada area?

You may be eligible for some financial support.

Connie Redmond, administrator for the Estacada Chamber of Commerce, announced that the tourism committee is soliciting proposals for grants ranging from $500- $19,500.

The grants are intended to promote overnight stays in Estacada, bringing visitors in from more than 50-miles away, entice visitors to stay longer and to enhance tourism to the area in general.

Redmond said larger projects with vested partners will be given preference and that applicants must demonstrate the project’s sustainability and how it will be funded in the future.

Application packets are available www.estacadachamber.org or at the Chamber office inside City Hall, 475 S.E. Main St.

Hard copies of grant proposals must be dropped off at the Estacada Chamber of Commerce by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12. The proposals must be submitted on the application packet form.

Only proposals that comply with the rules and conditions listed in the application packet will be considered.

For more information, email Redmond at estacadachamber@rconnects.com.

Estacada High School to host college application event

In honor of November being Oregon’s College Application month, Estacada High School will host events 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 and 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 7 in which students will participate in a variety of college awareness activities, fill out college application worksheets, wear college paraphernalia, apply to schools and win prizes donated by colleges and local businesses. The activities will take place in the Estacada High School library.

The College Application events at Estacada High School are supported in part by the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette.

The goal, said ASPIRE College and Career Coordinator Mary Ann Bugni, is to have 50 percent of the senior class submit applications by the end of the event.

Mt. Hood National Forest invites public input on road analysis

The Mt. Hood National Forest announced it will hold a series of meetings to gather public input on its road systems.

Under the U.S. Forest Service Travel Management Rule, forest officials must prepare a plan by the end of 2015 on how to make forest road systems less costly and more ecologically stable while still providing adequate access to public lands.

Mt. Hood National Forest officials are conducting a travel analysis to inform road system decisions.

There will be a series of public meetings to discuss the analysis process and access needs in an informal setting with Forest Service personnel and leadership in Parkdale, Dufur, Estacada and Zig Zag.

The Estacada meeting is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Clackamas River Ranger District Office.

Forest Service documents on the analysis process, comment forms and maps are available at tinyurl.com/mthoodtap.

Citizens may also call the Public Affairs Office with questions at 503-668-1791.

Need help for the holidays?

Adopt A Family is accepting applications from Estacada, Eagle Creek and Colton families in need of a little help for the holiday season.

The program matches sponsors with families in crisis or with limited income to provide basic clothing and household needs.

Adopt A Family volunteers are accepting applications from families in need 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 21. Tuesdays and Fridays at the Estacada Public Library. Applicants who speak only Spanish should come by 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, when the volunteers hope to have a translator available.

The program may serve a maximum of 125 families this year. Preference will be given to families who have not been a part of the program before and families in severe crisis, although all limited income families are invited to apply.

Sponsors will drop off gifts from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 17-18, at the Estacada Community Center.

Adopted families will come to the Community Center to pick up their gifts 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19. They will be required to show some identification or mail delivered to their local address.

Adopt A Family is also seeking sponsors to adopt families in need and volunteers. For more information call Janet Kiger-Hellard at 503-630-7433.

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